The concept of the Junior Davey Bodhrán Academy
was initially thought of by Bodhran Player Ken Holland from England in 2006, and from then taken on by Junior Davey, a five times All-Ireland bodhrán champion dedicated to celebrating and preserving the wonderful tradition of his instrument.
The school takes place in the Coleman Traditional Irish Music Centre (Ceolaras Coleman), whose main attractions are: the Coleman Heritage Centre Cottage and Archive, and the Visitors' Centre, featuring an audio-visual touch-screen display of traditional music and musicians from the five counties (Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Fermanagh
), a beautiful theatre which converts to a dance hall, and the music school. The Centre has excellent facilities for tuition, lectures and concerts.
Coleman Country has kept its strong musical tradition for over 150 years, with fife and drum bands, fiddle playing for dancing, flute and tin whistle-and last but not least, original old-style bodhrán playing, known locally as handstriking.
Our passion for continuing the authentic tradition of bodhrán playing has stayed strong despite the historical hardships of emigration in our community. We pride ourselves as an academy which values each and every musician, from beginner to advanced passing on and sharing the wonderful spirit of bodhrán playing. A once endangered tradition which has survived down through the decades and which continues to grow due to it's dedicated team, teachers and students in the Junior Davey Bodhran Academy.